Restoration and Renewal of the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard launched the
restoration of the Cathedral’s exterior.
project addressed the most critical
sections of the cathedral’s brownstone
deteriorated to such a point that public
safety was jeopardized.
Deteriorated brownstone was removed from
the 210 foot north tower, the north,
south and west clerestories and replaced
with Red St. Bees Sandstone which was
imported from England.
The spire of the north tower was found
to be leaning some 13 inches over the
street and had to be completely removed
and rebuilt in stone.
roof was also installed to ensure the
watertight integrity of the structure.
The work was completed by
August, 2004 and dedicated with the
placement of new bronze cross set atop
the capstone of the north tower
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